The Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) is sponsoring a number of drives and initiatives for Hunger and Homelessness Week 2019. Held each year in the week before Thanksgiving, DOVE hosts a series of events designed to raise awareness and empathy for those who suffer from hunger and homelessness.
This year, these events are a part of a community celebration of the Presidential Investiture.
Graduate assistant Clare Holmes, a Scotland native pursuing her Master's Degree in Museum Professions at Seton Hall, is spearheading this year's Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week efforts. In Scotland Holmes worked with a number of non-profit organizations that focused on international development, which made her transition into Seton Hall and DOVE relatively easy.
"What I've realized from working with DOVE is the absolute love and passion these service programs and trips exude," said Holmes. "The range of programs and the collaboration between students, faculty and campus ministry is amazing."
Some of the versatility of DOVE's service projects can be seen through the itinerary for National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness week:
Kick-Off Mass: The kick-off mass will take place at 8:00 p.m. on November 17 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. After mass, DOVE students will provide an overview of events for Awareness week and hand out prayer cards. DOVE encourages the community to be involved in their efforts through prayer as well as service.
Toy Tags: DOVE will also be handing out toy-tags at the kick-off mass for their Christmas service project. Each year, DOVE collects items for impoverished children and donates to North Star Academy in Newark, the Maplewood South Orange School District, the Don Bosco Youth Center and children in Appalachia, West Virginia. Gifts will be delivered by staff and volunteers in December.
Lunch Bag Making: Students are welcome to sign up and help DOVE make lunch bags to be delivered to St. John's Soup Kitchen in Newark, New Jersey. DOVE has partnered with St. John's for many years in order to help them fulfill their mission of feeding the hungry.
Food Delivery and Soup Kitchen: DOVE student workers and staff will deliver the lunch bags that were made and learn more about the work St. John's Soup Kitchen does for the community.
Interfaith Food Pantry Service: The Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges is a client choice food pantry which serves over 300 people who struggle with food insecurity only 10 minutes from Seton Hall's main campus. They serve everyone from the homeless to those who work full-time but still don't have enough food for the week. They also provide educational classes and specific meals for people with dietary issues.
St. Johns Soup Kitchen Service: Students are encouraged to sign up to serve at St. John's Soup Kitchen.
Gimme Shelter Movie Screening: Gimme Shelter is based around the true story of a teenager who grew up in a dysfunctional household and ended up living on the street. The movie shows her battle with homelessness and the solace she finds in shelter life. DOVE staff will lead a debrief session after the movie is over and end the week as they began: in prayer. Students, faculty and administrators are welcome.
To register for any of the above events, please visit the DOVE offices located in the basement of Boland Hall.
All month long DOVE will also be sponsoring a Thanksgiving food drive, collecting non-perishable food items in designated areas across campus.
Categories: Faith and Service